Can You Get FaceTime For Android?

Ten great alternatives to FaceTime for Android devices

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FaceTime wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used. With FaceTime's popularity, Android users may wonder if they can get FaceTime for Android to host their own video and audio chats. Sorry, Android fans, but the answer is no: You cannot use FaceTime on Android.

Apple doesn't make FaceTime for Android. This means that there are no other FaceTime-compatible video calling apps for Android.

So, unfortunately, there's simply no way to use FaceTime and Android together. The same thing goes for FaceTime on Windows

But there is good news: FaceTime is just one video-calling app. There are many apps that are Android-compatible and do the same thing as FaceTime. 

10 Alternatives to FaceTime For Video Calling on Android

Just because there's no FaceTime for Android doesn't mean that Android users are left out of the video calling fun. Here are some of the top video chat apps available at Google Play:

Facebook Messenger
Cost: Free
Platform: Android, iOS, web
Download at Google Play

Messenger is the standalone app version of Facebook's web-based messaging feature. Use it to video chat with your Facebook friends. It also offers voice calling (free if you do it over Wi-Fi), text chat, multimedia messages, and group chats. 

Google Duo
Cost: 
Free
Platform: Android, iOS
Download at Google Play

Google offers two video calling apps on this list.

Hangouts, which comes next, is the more complex option, which supports group calling, voice calls, texting, and more. If you're looking for a simple app devoted just to video calls, though, Google Duo is it. It supports one-to-one video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular.

Google Hangouts
Cost:
Free
Platform: Android, iOS, web
Download at Google Play

Hangouts supports video calls for individuals and groups of up to 10. It also adds voice calling, texting, and integration with other Google services like Google Voice. Use it to make voice calls to any phone number in the world; calls to other Hangouts users are free.

imo
Cost: Free
Platform: Android, iOS
Download at Google Play

imo offers a standard set of features for a video calling app. It supports free video and voice calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, text chat between individuals and groups, and lets you share photos and videos. One nice feature of imo is that its encrypted chats and calls are more private and secure.

Line
Cost: 
Free app, outbound international calls are paid 
Platform: Android, Asha, BlackBerry, Chome OS, Firefox OS, iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone 
Download at Google Play

Line offers the features common to these apps, but has some key differences. It supports video and voice calls, text chat, and group texts. It differs from other apps due to its social networking features (you can post statuses, comment on friend's statuses, follow celebrities and brands, etc.), mobile payment platform, and paid international calls (check rates), rather than free. 

ooVoo
Cost: Free app, premium upgrades, international and landline calls are paid
Platform: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone, web
Download at Google Play

Similar to other apps on this list, ooVoo offers free calls, video calls, and text chat. It adds some nice differences including its support for video calls of up to 12 people, echo reduction for improved audio quality, the ability for users to watch YouTube videos together while they chat, and the option to record video calls on a PC. Premium upgrades remove ads. International and landline calls are paid. 

Skype
Cost: Free app, calls to landlines and mobiles, and international calls, are paid
Platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone
Download at Google Play

Skype is one of the oldest, most well known, and most widely used video calling apps.

It offers both voice and video calls, text chat, screen and file sharing, and much more. It also supports a wider range of devices, including some smart TVs and game consoles. The app is free, but calls to landlines and mobile phones, as well as international calls, are paid as you go or by subscription (check rates).

Tango Messenger
Cost: Free app, with in-app purchases
Platform: Android, iOS
Download at Google Play

You won't pay for any calls – international, landlines, otherwise – when you use Tango, though it does offer in-app purchases of e-cards and "surprise packs" of stickers, filters, and games. It also supports voice and video calls, text chat, and media sharing. Tango has some social features including public chat rooms and the ability to "follow" other users.

Viber 
Cost: Free app, in-app purchases, landline and mobile calls are paid 
Platform: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
Download at Google Play

Viber ticks practically every box for an app in this category. It offers free video and voice calls, text chat with individuals and groups up to 200 people, sharing photos and videos, and even in-app games. In-app purchases let you add stickers to spice up your communications. Calling to landlines and mobiles is paid; only Viber-to-Viber calls are free.

WhatsApp
Cost: 
Free app, first year free, $0.99/year after that
Platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia, Windows Phone, web
Download at Google Play

WhatsApp became widely known when Facebook bought it for US$19 billion in 2014. Since then it's grown to over 1 billion monthly users.

Those people enjoy a robust set of features, including free app-to-app voice and video calls worldwide, the ability to send recorded audio messages and text messages, group chats, and sharing photos and videos. The first year of using the app is free and subsequent years are only $0.99.  

Why You Can't Get FaceTime for Android

While it may not be possible for Android users to talk using FaceTime, there are plenty of other video calling options. You just need to make sure that both people have the same video calling apps on their phones. Android may be open source (though that may not be completely accurate) and allow for a lot of customization by users but to add features and customizations, cooperation from third parties is often required. 

In theory, FaceTime is compatible with Android, since it uses standard audio, video, and networking technologies. But to make it work, either Apple would need to release an official version for Android or developers would need to create a compatible app. Both things are unlikely to happen. 

Developers probably won't be able to create a compatible app since FaceTime is encrypted end to end and creating a compatible app would require breaking that encryption or having Apple open it.

It's possible that Apple could bring FaceTime to Android – Apple originally said that it planned to make FaceTime an open standard but it's been years and nothing has happened – so that's very unlikely. Apple and Google are locked in a battle for control of the smartphone market.

Keeping FaceTime exclusive to the iPhone can give it an edge and perhaps spur people to adopt Apple's products. 

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